BLT: June 2014

Our Mini-Theme: Nonprofit Organizations: Changes in Challenging Times

Our Mini-Theme

Our Mini-Theme: Nonprofit Organizations: Changes in Challenging Times

A fixture of many different kinds of business contracts is the termination-on-bankruptcy (ToB) provision. In the United States, bankruptcy law restricts enforceability of ToB provisions. Nevertheless, in certain circumstances they are enforceable; the purpose of this article is to propose model language for such circumstances.

In its May 8, 2014, decision in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, the Delaware Supreme Court may have opened the door to the adoption by Delaware corporations of a bylaw provision that shifts litigation expenses to shareholders when they bring, and lose, intra-corporate litigation claims against the corporation and its directors and officers.

The recent battle between auction house Sotheby’s and its largest shareholder will have lasting implications for the corporate governance landscape and provide a playbook for how activist investors conduct future campaigns for influence and how companies respond. In Third Point LLC v. Ruprecht, et al., the Delaware Chancery Court held the Sotheby’s board acted reasonably by adopting and then maintaining a stockholder rights plan, or so-called “poison pill,” with a relatively new, two-tiered triggering threshold.

Obtaining an attorney fee award for an “exceptional” patent infringement case just became easier following two decisions issued by the Supreme Court this session.

This article discusses the 2014 proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law and certain other proposed amendments to the Delaware Code, which address a number of different topics, including the streamlined back-end merger process under Section 251(h) of the DGCL, springing director and stockholder consents, certain charter amendments without stockholder approval, and the statute of limitations for breach of contract claims.

Mac McCoy, a shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa, Florida, practices complex state and federal litigation. He’s also savvy about social media and serves as the director of the firm’s video law blog. He regularly speaks at bar associations and lawyers’ groups about social media and the legal profession – what works, what doesn’t, and how to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct. He also has ideas about how to promote diversity using social media and how to recruit and retain young lawyers.

At the 2014 Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section in Los Angeles, California, the Section kicked off a pilot program to video record selected CLE programs. Those video programs are now available through the Program Materials Library or directly through links below.



Nominations Sought for Section Leadership Positions

Do you know anyone who has what it takes to be a good Section leader? The Nominating Committee of the Section needs your recommendations for leadership positions for the 2017-2018 association year. Nominees will be selected for: Chair-elect (who automatically assumes the position of chair the following year); Secretary (who automatically assumes the position of vice chair the following year); Content Officer; two Section Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates; and five additional Council members for a four-year term expiring in 2021. The Nominating Committee will take into account the following principles in making its selections. It will: select nominees who have been substantial and active contributors to the Section; seek geographic diversity in the leadership of the Section; strive for representation from a broad cross-section of the areas of law represented in the Section; and seek to draw leaders from a broad cross-section of the various sectors of practice, including corporate law departments, government, academia and private law firms; and actively recruit nominees that reflect the diversity of the Section. Please send your nominations by email to susan.tobias@americanbar.org no later than November 18.

Question: Between November 2, 2015 and November 4, 2015, Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 2,017 adults ages 18 and older on behalf of NerdWallet, Inc. to understand U.S. consumers’ credit card payment habits and feelings around different types of debt. The results of this study were published in the 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study. According to the 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study, what percentage of U.S. adults would be more embarrassed to tell others about credit card debt than any other type of debt?
A. 10%
B. 35%
C. 55%
D. 90%

Question: From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, “debtors’ prisons” were commonplace with many cities and states operating brick-and-mortar detention facilities that were designed for incarcerating individuals who were unable or unwilling to pay their debts. Imprisonment for indebtedness was so commonplace that two signatories of the Declaration of Independence were jailed for failure to pay their debts. Can you name those two signatories?

The November issue of Business Law Today will focus on Nonprofits. Articles will range from the “Delaware Advantage” to nonprofit organizations needing nonprofit lawyers. In addition, other features include keeping pace with disruptive technological change, insurance bad faith recoveries, and constitutional issues in granting Americans a “Right to Dispute.”

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Business Law Section Fall Meeting
November 18-19, 2016
Washington, DC

Business Law Section Spring Meeting
April 6-8, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Miscellaneous IT Related Legal News (MIRLN) 25 September - 15 October 2016 (v19.14)

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